WhatsApp is working on a slew of new features which are currently in beta testing before they roll out as stable updates to the messaging sharing app. Amongst the new features, WhatsApp is focussing on releasing a PiP mode 2.0 as well as an improved multimedia sharing option and more.
WhatsApp is working on a new picture-in-picture (PIP) mode which was first rolled out last year and was convenient except for one single limitation. The app would stop playing a video whenever the user switched an application. With an upcoming update, that limitation will change as WhatsApp’s PiP mode 2.0 will soon allow users to play a video in the background when changing chat threads or switching to another app in the foreground.
Another feature WhatsApp is working on is to help users avoid accidentally sending media to the wrong contact. Up until now, users on WhatsApp were only shown the picture of the receiver on the top left corner which wasn’t convincingly accurate when sharing pictures or videos. Beta users of WhatsApp have now already started getting better multimedia sharing capabilities.
The beta update solves the problem of verifying that you’re sending to right recipient by showing the name of the recipient at the bottom of the screen, right below the caption area.
Both features are enabled in the latest WhatsApp Beta version 2.19.180 and we can expect WhatsApp to roll out the same in a stable update within the next few weeks.